How does it stack up? You can see see for yourself on our 12 day trip to the Gold Coast, the land of the Ticos – Costa Rica!
Check out the gallery of pics at the bottom – our best from the trip.
Day One: Washington D.C. to Uvita: The journey begins and we head straight to the beach for surfing with Bodhi Surf Camp. Crocodiles and jungle swimming holes add some excitement.
Day Two:: Uvita and the Ballena Marine Park: More surfing is on the menu today, but first we explore the beautiful and deserted coastline of Ballena National Marine Park and its beach.
Day Three: An ATV tour and more surfing in Uvita: Lily has a wild day. She spots a sloth on the road on our ATV tour, jumps off a 15 foot cliff into a waterhole and gets her head sliced up while surfing.
Day Four-Five: Family adventure in the Corcovado Jungle: We’ve been to a lot of jungle including the Amazon, and Corcovado is the best by far for animal spotting. Put this on your bucket list.
Day Six: Animal babies and leaving Corcovado National Park: So many more animal sightings especially babies in the park. We head back to civilization with hundreds of bug bites.
Day Seven-Eight: Leaving the Osa Peninsula and arriving in the Arenal region: From the sweaty jungle we go to the cooler mountains of the Arenal Volcano region. Trish gets in a fight with a monkey.
Day Nine: The family loves Arenal for zip-lines and hot springs: The La Fortuna / Arenal Volcano area is covered in zip-line outfits and hot springs resorts. We enjoy both until our rental car breaks down.
Day Ten: White water rafting on the Rio Balsa for the whole family: Our first white water trip as a family is a bunch of fun on a nice and easy 2-3 river. And of course more hot springs.
Day Eleven and Twelve: The amazing last day of Costa Rica with strong horses and gentile winds to power us around the Arenal region country side.
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